Member Directory - The Network


Anew: Building Beyond Violence and Abuse

PO Box 937
Homewood IL 60430

Hotline: 24-hour English/Spanish DV Hotline (708) 335-3028


Resources for Survivors:
Emergency Shelter
Crisis Intervention
24 Hour English/Spanish Hotline
Adult and Children Counseling
Transitional Housing
Court Advocates

Ascend Justice

555 W. Harrison Street, #1900
Chicago IL 60607
17 N. State Street, #1390
Chicago IL 60602
Phone: (312) 325-9165
Hotline: (312) 239-0413 – Remote OP hotline, M-F 8:30 – 4:30
Phone: (312) 971-5932

All information about our services is included on our website under “How We Help”, with specific, up-to-date info on accessing services here:

Apna Ghar

Contact: Neha Gill
Phone: (773) 883-4663 x231

Apna Ghar has locations on the north and south sides of Chicago, and serves the north and northwest suburbs via a location in Skokie, IL

Direct Services
24-Hour Crisis Line
Crisis support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone, text and email. We provide crisis counseling, advocacy, safety planning, information, resources and connection.

Safe Home/Emergency Housing
Our safe home provides a culturally sensitive, secure and healing environment for survivors to begin their journeys of healing and rebuilding. Residents are supported 24/7 by trained agency staff members.

Transitional/Second Stage Housing
Our transitional housing apartments provide stable, long-term housing for the families we serve so they can achieve their goals of stability and self-sufficiency. Residents are supported throughout their stay by our trained staff.

Case Management/Social Services
Case management services help survivors develop action plans for safety, stability and self-sufficiency. Our trained staff help program participants identify and address critical needs and connect to resources to achieve their housing, health care, employment, educational, financial and other goals.

Individual, group and family counseling for both adult and child survivors enables them to process and heal from the trauma of abuse, using psychosocial education, narrative therapy, support groups, expressive art therapy, conflict resolution, and other modalities.

Legal Advocacy
Our advocates guide survivors through the legal system and help access available legal remedies, including civil and criminal orders of protection, pressing criminal charges, obtaining crime victims’ compensation, filing for divorce, custody, and support, as well as accessing immigration remedies through protective statutes such as the Violence Against Women Act. We operate a volunteer attorney led family law clinic in partnership with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS).

Supervised Visitation & Safe Exchange Services (SVSE)
SVSE creates a safe and healing environment for children to interact with visiting parents who have caused harm to the families. Our trained staff support these parents in repairing relationships with their children.

Arab American Family Services

7000 W 111th St Suite 300
Worth IL 60482
Phone: (708) 599-2237
Fax: (708) 599-8229
Hotline: (708) 945-7600

Arab American Family Services (AAFS), a nonprofit social service agency founded in 2001, provides caring, compassionate assistance to (South Suburban) Chicagoland residents, with special sensitivity to the cultural and linguistic needs of Arab Americans. AAFS offers support in the areas of public benefits, immigration, domestic violence, mental health, sexual assault and elderly services and sponsors outreach programs to build healthier families and communities. As a locally focused, nonpolitical and nonreligious agency, AAFS takes a leading role in building bridges respect and understanding between Arab-American and mainstream-American cultures. We not only assist Arab speakers in their native language and dialect, we are increasingly recognized by government agencies and other nonprofits as the best local resource for cultural exchange and translation services. AAFS serves as a catalyst for social change by actively seeking to confront the myths and taboos that have kept some Arab Americans from obtaining the assistance they need. By helping local neighbors overcome personal crisis, strengthen their families, and live healthier, more successful lives, Arab American Family Services is making a profound and positive impact in our community.

Domestic Violence Services Provided:

Safety Planning and Service Planning
Case Management
Direct crisis intervention services for the victim and children
Counseling for victims and their children
Court support and assistance
Orders of Protection
Information and referral services
Law enforcement intervention
Criminal and civil justice advocacy
In-house legal assistance
Translation and Interpretation
Toll-free 24-Hour Crisis Line (708) 945-7600

Between Friends

P.O. Box 608548
Chicago IL 60660
Phone: (773) 274-5232
Hotline: (800) 603-4357

The primary services we offer to clients are counseling (in both group, individual, and family settings) and court advocacy (which includes explaining legal rights and options, assisting in obtaining an Order of Protection, and accompanying clients to court to provide emotional support). We also provide economic counseling and emergency economic assistance, assist with safety planning, and match and connect clients to other services, such as shelters, healthcare, employment services, or substance abuse treatment.

Brighton Park Neighborhood Council

4477 S. Archer Ave. Ste. 2845
Chicago, IL 60632
Phone: (773) 523-7110

CAASE: Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation

307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1818
Chicago IL 60601
Phone: (773) 244-2230
Fax: (773) 244-2217

CADP: The Center for Advocating Domestic Peace

Main Office
813 S Western Ave, Unit 1C
Chicago IL 60612
Englewood Office
845 W 69th Street, Fl 1
Chicago IL 60621
Episcopal Church of Santa Teresa de Avila
6201 S St. Louis Ave.
Chicago IL 60629
Wheaton Office
111 N County Line Road, Rm 145
Wheaton IL 60817
Phone: (312) 256-0206
Fax: (312) 455-0573

The Center for Advancing Domestic Peace is the only free-standing not-for-profit in Cook County and surrounding suburbs that focuses primarily on providing services to those who have harmed an intimate partner.

Our mission is to stop domestic violence where it starts by helping those who have harmed to take responsibility for their behavior, create healthy relationships and strengthen their communities.

The Center’s partner abuse intervention services are offered for men and women in English and Spanish and are available without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, educational level, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. Sliding Scale fees are available based on individuals financial circumstances.

Assessments and groups are provided through offices in Chicago and Wheaton.

Services Available
Partner Abuse Intervention (PAI) – Beliefs & Skills for Domestic Peace
We are currently providing assessments by appointment Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (late appointments and Saturday appointments may be arranged depending on availability of staff). The 2-hour, comprehensive strengths-based and trauma-informed assessment is designed to determine appropriateness for group intervention and to screen for conditions that may affect a person’s ability to benefit from intervention. When accepted, clients are referred to an orientation group.

Each participant who is accepted is scheduled for an orientation session, a one-hour group during which the basic group format, policies and rules are explained to the participants and they receive directions for connecting with the group they have chosen. Orientations are typically scheduled twice monthly.

Group Intervention:
Partner abuse intervention groups are governed by the Illinois Administrative Code Title 89, part 501,which recommends co-facilitation by a man and a woman in each group. Facilitators must have completed the 40-hour training on Domestic Violence and a separate 20-hour training specific to PAI issues. To complete the intervention, participants in Illinois are required to participate in a minimum 24 consecutive weekly group meetings. Completion is based on meeting certain completion criteria, not merely on the number of groups attended, and the intervention can be extended if it is interrupted but excessive absences or if the participant is not complying in other areas (completing assignments, paying fees as agreed or renegotiating them, or engaging in disruptive or aggressive behavior in group). Monthly reports on progress toward meeting completion criteria are forwarded to the agent who referred the client for our services. A copy of the monthly report is given to the participant after it is sent to the referring agent.

Real Men Advancing Peace (RealMAP) and Sisters Peace Circle
The Center has two aftercare programs for person who have completed the 24-week program. The program for men is Real Men Advancing Peace (RealMAP), which provides two monthly groups (currently provided online) that give participants the opportunity to share their challenges and successes with input from staff co-facilitators. This program also provides for regular telephone contact with members who due to work or childcare responsibilities are unable to attend meetings. The contacts may be brief or lengthier depending on the participant’s needs. Prior to Covid 19 restrictions, we also organized monthly family events such as skating and bowling outings, movie attendance, trips to museums and other events to provide opportunities for participants to practice improving their skills as attentive and caring fathers. This is reinforced by discussions in the support groups of the challenges of fathering after violence as well as the importance of recognizing and addressing the traumatic effects of witnessing domestic violence.

For women we offer the same services as part of a program called Sisters Peace Circles, with groups, telephone contact and family events that have included family photographs, yoga days spa days in addition to the larger event that also include RealMAP. We have also invited all aftercare participants to some events that provide assistance with resume writing, interview skills and professional headshots, which also included new interview-appropriate clothing and tips on grooming.

Case Management and Individual Support:
Case Management:
The Center works to address the needs of the whole person and thus provides case management and individual support to assist individuals with collateral needs, that include mental health and substance abuse referrals, among others. We have found case management to be instrumental in increasing program participants’ ability to successfully complete their partner abuse intervention services allowing them to address important other issues in their lives especially now as more individuals need referrals for Covid-19 relief assistance such as housing, employment, financial assistance and more.

Individual Support and Counseling:
Center staff are available to provide some brief individual counseling to help prepare individuals for group services when needed and to also provide individual support when unintended situations arise to assist the individual to regain their equilibrium and to stay on track with their partner abuse intervention services.

Due to COVID-19 many individuals enrolled in services have required more one-on-one support in order to maintain their program participation and to cope with circumstances such as homelessness and unemployment caused by the pandemic. Staff members have been providing individual support both before and after regular group meetings, phone and text support on an as-needed basis to assist program participants with the many challenges they are currently facing.

Since the majority of the Center’s PAIP participants have histories of experiencing either community violence or domestic abuse as children or youth, addressing this trauma amidst the stresses of COVID-19 in their lives is very important and often requires brief individual counseling and/or referral for behavioral health services.

Neighborhood Barbers for Peace:
With assistance from the Chicago Foundation for Safe and Peaceful Communities, we began a program to recruit barbers, barber shops, barber colleges and cosmetologists. We provided handouts, brochures and posters, conducted “DV 101” workshops (and later DV 102, more advanced workshops) and worked with barbers to assist them in becoming community resources for domestic violence information. Barbershops are one of the few community locations where men gather and where they let down their mask of toughness for a little while, and barbers have a unique opportunity to provide information. The barbers can provide information and suggest the benefits of partnership without being directly critical or scolding.

One barber actually started regular Sunday afternoon sessions where he would show a domestic-violence related educational video and lead a discussion with patrons in the shop. Unfortunately this came to a halt due to the Covid mitigation efforts but we are prepared to resume this and have had discussions with barbers about how to be ready when restrictions are lifted.

Community Awareness Education
The Center’s staff members are available on request (depending on availability, which can change when census increases or caseloads are high) to join with partners from victim service agencies to provide information and education about domestic violence in general and the role of partner abuse intervention in particular. Some examples include provider fairs offered by several police districts and our work with the Domestic Violence Subcommittees of several Chicago Police department districts. The Center staff have provided the partner abuse segment as part of the 40-hour training for the Network, Apna Ghar, Family Rescue and other organizations.

Casa Central

Contact: Dara Durdic
Phone: (773) 645-2376
Hotline: 1-877-863-6338

Casa Central’s Violence Prevention & Intervention Program provides services to children, adults, seniors, and families who have been impacted by domestic violence, sexual abuse, community violence, and other traumas. Our services are free of charge and are available in both English and Spanish. Whether violence is seen, heard or experienced directly, it can impact the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. Casa Central’s Domestic Violence Intervention and Safe Start services are free of charge. Anyone interested may contact us at 773.645.2376 or by email at After business hours, you may contact the 24-hour Domestic Violence Help Line at 1.877.863.6338.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago

The House of the Good Shepard:
House of Peace:
DV Counseling & Outreach Program:
Training & Outreach:

The House of the Good Shepard
Supportive Housing Campus with Comprehensive Services
Services include:

counseling and medical care
adult learning
child enrichment
773-935-3434 /

House of Peace
The House of Peace Shelter provides a secure, temporary residence for Latina women and children suffering from domestic violence. Our vision is to provide a haven for healing and build the foundation for successful independence for families.

224-430-4977 /

Domestic Violence Counseling and Case Management Services

Domestic Violence Counseling and Outreach
Safety Planning
Case management and advocacy
Mental Health Services
Domestic Violence Support groups
Life Skills Training Groups
Referral and Linkages to Catholic Charities programs including Legal Assistance, Food, Health Care, Shelters, and Housing
Community Education and Seminars on Healthy Relationships
Outreach and Training for Parishes, Hospitals and Schools
Domestic Violence Counseling
We offer confidential individual counseling for youth and adults and group meetings for adults who have/are experiencing domestic violence.

Domestic Violence Support Group

Any adult resident of Cook or Lake counties who has experienced or is experiencing domestic violence is eligible for our free and confidential group. Come learn more about domestic violence, meet others with similar experiences, share your story, and be a part of a supportive community.

This group has open enrollment and meets weekly on Mondays from 5pm to 6pm via Zoom. Contact us to register.

DCFS / Domestic Violence Curriculum for Parents

This is a free and confidential group for adults (residents of Cook and Lake counties) who have/are experiencing domestic violence and are parenting.

This group will provide psychoeducation on the dynamic and effects domestic violence has on individuals and families, skills to nurture children who have witnessed domestic violence, and practice self-care. This curriculum is also intended for individuals involved with the DCFS system, either in Intact Family Services, or Foster Care. Certificates are available upon completion.

Services offered:
Domestic violence counseling
Safety planning
Mental health services (therapy)
Case management and advocacy
Domestic violence support groups
DCFS/DV curriculum group
Referral and linkages to Catholic Charities programs for assistance with legal aid, food, health care, shelters, and housing
Training and Outreach
We provide communities with outreach and training on the dynamics of domestic violence, best practices for screening, community education, and seminars on healthy relationships. Our domestic violence programs are certified supervision sites and approved CEU providers for domestic violence professionals in Illinois.

Services offered:
Supervision sites
CEU credits
Support Groups

CAWC: Connections for Abused Women & Children

1116 N. Kedzie Avenue
Chicago IL 60651
Hotline: (773)278-4566

Greenhouse Shelter provides emergency shelter to survivors and their families escaping domestic abuse.

CAWC provides individual and group counseling to survivors and children. This is available through an appointment in person or through Tele counseling.

Connections for Abused Women and their Children provides individual counseling to child victims of domestic violence through comprehensive Children’s Services at its Greenhouse Shelter and Humboldt Park Outreach Program sites.

Legal advocacy: Legal advocates assist domestic violence survivors with obtaining immediate and long-term legal protection. They provide education about the legal system, support during the legal processes, and extensive safety planning

Center on Halsted


Anti-Violence Project
773-871-2273 •

Behavioral Health
773-472-6469 ext. 460 •

HIV/AIDS IL State Hotline
Texting: 872-243-1004

HIV Resource Hub

Centro Romero

6216 N. Clark St.
Chicago IL 60660
Phone: (773) 508-5300

Centro Romero is a 36-year-old multi-service agency that has been serving the immigrant and refugee communities of Edgewater, Rogers Park, and Uptown on the northeast side of Chicago with domestic violence services, immigration legal services, adult education classes, an after-school program, public benefits access, and ongoing outreach and advocacy.

Chicago Children's Advocacy Center

1240 S. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: (312) 492-3700

Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center and our partners are the front-line responders in Chicago to reports of child sexual abuse. We also respond to physical abuse, witness to violence, and other serious maltreatment. Since opening our doors in 2001, we have served more than 41,000 children.

ChicagoCAC is the city’s only nonprofit organization that coordinates the efforts of child protection staff, law enforcement professionals, family advocates, medical experts, and mental health clinicians under one roof. Our staff:

All of our services are aimed at reducing trauma so that children and families may begin the healing process. ChicagoCAC’s services are free of charge to every client.

Crisis Center for South Suburbia

PO Box 39
Tinley Park IL 60477
Hotline: 708-429-SAFE
Phone: 708-429-7255

Since 1979, the Crisis Center for South Suburbia has been dedicated to providing a safe haven for victims of domestic violence (DV). Today, in addition to providing immediate safety, we offer an array of services to help victims gain independence and enable children to learn how to process the violence they have experienced in their young lives. The Crisis Center is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All services to victims of DV are free and confidential. CCSS offers a comprehensive approach to addressing the complex issue of DV. Programs include Housing and Victims Services, DV Outreach, and Prevention.

Programs and Services

Housing services

Emergency shelter – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year we provide emergency housing, food and support services to those who are experiencing DV in their lives

Interim Housing – A longer shelter stay is offered to clients who have demonstrated motivation toward obtaining housing, but are struggling with barriers to secure housing.

Transitional housing – This program is designed to assist those who lack the resources to become financially independent and helps them to gain life skills to disengage from their abusive pasts. Families can live in a community-based apartment for up to 24 months.

Rapid Re-Housing – This program offers financial and supportive services for up to 24 months to help you out of homelessness.
Victim services

Counseling – Individual and group counseling services are offered free of charge to individuals and families victimized by DV.

Court advocacy – At both the Markham and Bridgeview courthouses, our professional legal advocates assist with DV education, securing orders of protection and provide support during the legal process.

Emergency services – CCSS provides limited funds to help individuals and families flee from violence and move toward self-sufficiency. Examples include but are not limited to lock changes, hotel vouchers, transportation or utility assistance.

Aftercare services – Our professional counselors reach out to our former program clients and assess their needs and stability. Clients are reminded of resources and counselors ensure that clients are still living free from DV.

DV Outreach Services

DV hotline – Trained volunteers and professionals are available 24/7 to provide victims of DV with support and resources to intervene in their crisis.

Live Safe Patient Advocacy – Our advocates conduct screenings at local hospitals to identify and assist those in need of DV services.

Law Enforcement Victim Outreach (LEAV) – We collaborate with local law enforcement to identify and support victims of DV and provide them with the resources and support they need.

Community education We provide educational and engaging presentations to educate the community on the issue of DV. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (708) 429-7255 Ex. 202 or e-mail Visit to see our training opportunities.

DV Prevention

SAFE START – We collaborate with local schools to educate young people about dating violence and encourage healthy relationships. We provide students with resources to reach out for help should the need arise.

Partner Abuse Intervention Program (PAIP) – In an effort to end abusive patterns and violence, batterers participate in a 26-week educational group that focuses on accepting responsibility for the violence.

DVSA Communities

Chicago, IL
Phone: (630) 999-9029


954 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (773) 334-6063

Enlace Chicago

2759 S. Harding Ave.
Chicago, IL 60623
Phone: (773) 943-7570

Erie House

West Town – House | La Casa
1347 W Erie St
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 666-3430

West Town – Community Center and Administrative Offices | Centro comunitario y oficinas administrativas
1701 W Superior St
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 563-5800

Little Village | La Villita
4225 W 25th St
Chicago, IL 60623
(773) 542-7617

Near West
1634 W Van Buren St
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 334-1026


Ernestine's Daughter

101 163rd Street
Calumet City, IL 60409
Phone: 1833-WEE-HEAL

Family Rescue

Administration/Community Outreach Offices
8811 S. Stony Island Ave.
Chicago IL 60617
Phone: 773-375-1918 (Admin)
Phone: 773-375-6863 (COR)

Rosenthal Family Lodge (emergency housing) – address kept confidential 60617 773-375-8400

Ridgeland Apartments (transitional housing) – address kept confidential 60649 773-667-0715

New Heights Apartments (rapid-rehousing office) – 4953 S. Ashland Ave. 60609 773-948-7960

Chicago Police Department (CPD) 003rd District Office – 7040 S. Cottage Grove Ave. 60619 312-747-5493

CPD Area South Complex – 727 E. 111th St. 60628 872-702-4397

Domestic Violence Courthouse – 555 W. Harrison St., Room 220 60607 312-325-9300

Chicago’s Department of Family & Support Services Office (DFSS) Englewood (Mobile Unit Office) – 1140 W. 79th St. 60620 312-745-8296

DFSS East Garfield Park – 10 S. Kedzie Ave. 60612 (East Garfield Park) 312-743-0144

DFSS North Area – 845 W. Wilson Ave. 60640 (Uptown) 312-744-6195

DFSS Trina Davila – 4312 W. North Ave. 60639 (Hermosa) 312-744-3779

The Free Root Operation, Inc.

Healing to Action

Healthcare Alternative Systems

2755 W. Armitage Ave
Chicago IL 60647
Phone: (773) 252-3100

Offices in both Belmont Cragin and Western areas.

Free individual and group counseling; advocacy; legal advocacy; partner abuse intervention services; community education; mental health services; referrals. All services are in both Spanish and English.

HOPE: The Resurrection Project

1805 S. Paulina St.
Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: (312) 666-1323

Howard Area Community Center

7648 North Paulina Street
Chicago IL 60626
Phone: 773-262-6622

Howard Area Community Center provides an all-encompassing domestic violence program for adults and their children who are experiencing or have experienced the trauma of domestic violence. Our services include legal advocacy both in domestic violence court and family relations court, case management, individual counseling, group counseling, and domestic violence education for clients involved in the child welfare system. Additionally, HACC offers domestic violence crisis services as well, including a 24-hour domestic violence hotline, food pantry, and assistance for clients needing safety at a domestic violence shelter. We also offer community education around domestic violence and its effects, as well as outreach services. Our services are bilingual, both in English and Spanish.

Howard Brown Health

Phone: (773) 388-1600 (nursing and medical care)
Phone: (773) 388-1600 (ext. 2839) OR (ext. 2963) (case management)
Phone: (773) 388-1600 ext. 4767 (behavioral health and support group services)

At Howard Brown, we understand the impact sexual assault has on our community, and we are proud to offer the first holistic LGBTQ specific sexual assault program in the nation.

We are committed to the hard work, tough conversations, accountability, and healing. No longer can we remain silent. We support you – in health, in pride, and In Power.

Howard Brown Health’s In Power Program provides free and confidential: medical services, medical advocacy, legal advocacy, and behavioral health services for survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence.

These services include:

MEDICAL SERVICES: STI testing, STI treatment, emergency contraception, full body exam
MEDICAL FORENSIC EXAM/RAPE KIT: evidence collection up to 7 days after an assault (beginning 2/15)
MEDICAL ADVOCACY: case management, crisis intervention, support in meeting day-to-day needs, referrals and linkage to community resources
LEGAL ADVOCACY: order of protection, support in court for issues impacted by sexual assault
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH: individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy, and groups
Currently, our sexual assault services are available in person at Sheridan Rd and 63rd St or via telehealth. But you can receive your medical care at any Howard Brown location.




773-388-1600 (ext. 2839) OR (ext. 2963)


773-388-1600 ext. 4767

IMAN: Inner-City Muslim Action Network

2744 West 63rd Street
Chicago, Illinois 60629
Phone: (773) 434-IMAN (4626)
General Fax: (773) 442-0360
Health Center Fax: (773) 303-8858

Inellas Restoration Center

Phone: (331) 979-1542


Mailing Address
P.O. Box 996
Park Ridge IL 60068
Phone: (847) 299-1392
Hotline: (773) 583-0880

Services: Safety and service planning; case management; direct crisis intervention services for the victim and children; counseling for victims and their children; court support and assistance; information and referral services; criminal and civil justice advocacy; legal clinic; translation and interpretation; transitional housing program; 24-Hour crisis line

Legal Aid Chicago


Legal Aid Chicago provides free civil legal representation to residents of Chicago and Suburban Cook County (statewide for migrant and human trafficking) who have limited income or special legal needs in the following areas:

Family & Safety: Legal Aid Chicago focuses on cases where personal safety and financial stability are at risk, including:

Orders of Protection and No Contact Orders for victims of domestic or sexual violence and elder abuse
Custody and Divorce (but not simple, uncontested divorce)
Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Investigations of Parents and Caregivers
Special Education and School Discipline

House & Apartment: Legal Aid Chicago focuses on cases that protect safe and affordable housing for tenants and homeowners, including:

Preventing eviction or termination from subsidized housing and the Housing Choice Voucher Program
Challenging discrimination, and enforcing rights for tenants in subsidized housing or with special legal needs, such as domestic violence victims
Foreclosure defense and other protections for homeowners
Maintaining and restoring essential utility services (gas, electric, water)
Transfer on Death Instruments to pass a home to a designated beneficiary

Money & Debt: Legal Aid Chicago focuses on cases that protect income and assets from unfair collections and fraud, including:

Student loans
Car title and payday loans
Unfair debt collection
Consumer fraud
Driver’s license restoration for debt-related suspension
Financial exploitation of older adults
Power of attorney for financial/property

Work & Employment Rights: Legal Aid Chicago focuses on protecting the rights and benefits of workers and reducing barriers to employment including:

Unemployment Insurance benefits
Wage claims
Employment discrimination, and enforcement of employee protections such as FMLA (family medical leave) and VESSA (for victims of domestic or sexual violence),
Expungement and sealing of adult and juvenile criminal records
The legal needs of migrant agricultural and landscape workers throughout Illinois
Comprehensive services for victims of human trafficking throughout Illinois
Legal Aid Chicago does not handle workers’ compensation cases

Health, Disability, and Basic Needs: Legal Aid Chicago focuses on accessing and protecting benefits for basic human needs, including:

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Medical Assistance (Medicaid, Medicare)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security
Veterans Benefits
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Crime Victims Compensation from the State of Illinois
Rights of long term care residents in suburban Cook and Lake County
Healthcare Power of Attorney and Living Wills

Immigration: Legal Aid Chicago focuses on obtaining protected status for victims of crime including U-visa, VAWA (for victims of domestic violence), and T-visa (for victims of human trafficking).

Life Span

Phone: (312) 408-1210 (Legal Assistance)
Phone: (847) 824-0382 (Counseling Services)

Life Span Services
Legal representation in order of protection and family law cases, including divorce, parenting and child support cases;
Criminal court advocacy throughout the Cook County criminal justice system;
Individual and group counseling for survivors;
Counseling for children exposed to domestic violence;
Outreach, education & counseling for adolescents regarding violence in their relationships;
Civil legal remedies for sexual assault;
Immigration representation for domestic and sexual violence victims;
Outreach, education and training for service providers;
Policy and systems advocacy and;
Public education and awareness.
Services are provided in a variety of languages including: Spanish, Polish, Arabic, Korean, Gujarati, Hindi and Tagalog.

For legal assistance contact Life Span at (312) 408-1210. For assistance with counseling services contact Life Span at (847) 824-0382.

Metropolitan Family Services

Calumet Center – 773-371-3642
235 East 103rd Street
Chicago IL 60628

Midway Center – 773-884-3310
3843 West 63rd Street
Chicago IL 60629

North Center – 773-371-3700
3249 North Central Avenue
Chicago IL 60634

Southeast Chicago Center – 773-371-2900
3062 East 91st Street
Chicago IL 60617

DuPage Center – 630-784-4800
222 East Willow Avenue
Wheaton IL 60187

Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage – 630-221-8290
605 East Roosevelt Road
Wheaton IL 60187

Evanston Center – 847-425-7500
820 Davis Street, Ste. 218
Evanston IL 60201

Skokie Center – 847-425-7500
5210 Main Street
Skokie IL 60077

Southwest Center – 708-974-2300
10537 South Roberts Road
Palos Hills IL 60465
Phone: (312) 986-4000
Hotline: (630) 469-5650 (Family Shelter Service of MFSD)

Metropolitan Family Services Mpowers families to learn, to earn, to heal and to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857 Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities.

Domestic Violence services help survivors find strength, resources, and opportunities to maximize safety for themselves and their families. Services are client-centered, culturally sensitive, multilingual (English, Spanish, and Polish) and respect survivors’ rights to self-determination. Services are trauma-informed and evidence-based, combining clinical expertise, research, and clients’ values to provide quality care.

Middle Eastern Immigrant and Refugee Alliance

6420 N. California Ave. Upper 1
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 409-4597

Mujeres Latinas en Accion

Pilsen Headquarters
2124 W. 21st Place
Chicago IL 60608

Brighton Park
4700 S. California Ave.
Chicago IL 60632

North Riverside
7222 W. Cermak Rd. 509
North Riverside IL 60546
Phone: 773-890-7676
Fax: 773-890-7650

For the healing and prevention of domestic violence, we offer crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, adult and child therapy, court advocacy, community education, professional and volunteer trainings, and referrals to shelters and other resources.

Neopolitan Lighthouse

P.O. Box 24709
Chicago IL 60624
Hotline: 24 Hour Crisis Line and Shelter Intake 773.722.0005
Phone: Walk-In Counseling and Community Education 312.964.5056

Neopolitan Lighthouse is a non-profit domestic violence organization that provides emergency shelter and comprehensive support services for survivors of abuse and their children on the west side of Chicago. The organization works to assist clients in securing safety, working on self-identified goal/objectives, gaining self-sufficiency, working to overcome trauma, and breaking the cycle of violence. Since 1984, Neopolitan Lighthouse has served over 40,000 abused women, men, and children. Available Services:

24-Hour Crisis Line – (773) 722-0005

Neopolitan Lighthouse operates a 24-hour crisis line which provides callers with crisis intervention counseling, emotional support, information/referrals, assistance in identifying possible options and safety strategies, and intakes into the agency’s On-Site and Walk in Program. The crisis line takes calls 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

On-Site Domestic Violence Shelter Program
Emergency Shelter

Neopolitan Lighthouse’s On-Site Domestic Violence Shelter Program provides emergency shelter services for survivors of abuse and their children in a 25-bed shelter facility. In addition to receiving room and board, clients in this program receive crisis intervention, intakes and assessments, trauma-informed, client-centered individual counseling, group counseling, case management, service planning, safety planning, housing advocacy, Illinois Domestic Violence Act (court) advocacy, benefit/systems advocacy, on-site healthcare and economic assistance, life skills, information/referrals, comprehensive children’s services, etc. The program operates 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

Children’s Project

The Children’s Project provides comprehensive support services for children in the agency’s On-Site and Off-Site Shelter Programs in order to assist them in addressing their physical, emotional, psychological, practical, and educational needs. These services include trauma-informed individual and group counseling, case management, advocacy, information/referrals, group activities, educational assistance, and developmental evaluations. The Children’s Project also provides parenting classes for adult clients, as well as childcare assistance for parents who are participating in the agency’s job training project.

Economic Development and Employment Project

Neopolitan Lighthouse created the Economic Development and Employment Project (EDEP) in 2003 to assist adult clients in establishing financial stability and self-sufficiency so that they would be able to support themselves and their children. The EDEP offers a variety of support services to help clients obtain and maintain employment, enroll in GED and vocational programs, and acquire financial literacy. Some of these services include career assessments, assistance with resume writing, cover letter writing, and job application completion, basic skills testing, mock job interviewing, internet and Microsoft Word instruction, professional email creation, school enrollment, budgeting assistance, childcare assistance via Day Care Action, economic assistance, and educational group sessions on work, school, and finances. This project is open to clients in the agency’s Shelter Programs and Outreach Program.

Legal Advocacy Project

Neopolitan Lighthouse provides legal advocacy services to survivors of domestic violence through the Legal Advocacy Project in order to educate them about their legal rights and recourses as outlined in the Illinois Domestic Violence Act. Clients in this project are accompanied to the Chicago Domestic Violence Courthouse and are assisted in filing and upgrading Civil and Criminal Orders of Protection so that they may become safer from abuse. Clients are also provided with VCVA services. This project is open to Shelter Program and Outreach Program clients, as well as walk-in clients at the courthouse.

On-Site Health Services

Neopolitan Lighthouse partners with Lawndale Christian Health Center in order to provide free on-site healthcare services for clients at the agency’s domestic violence shelter facility. These services include physical examinations, TB tests, immunizations, medical information and referrals.

Outreach Program
Walk-In Project

Neopolitan Lighthouse’s Walk-In Project provides support services for survivors of domestic violence and children who do not require shelter services. Clients receive trauma-informed, client-centered individual counseling, case management, job training, educational assistance, advocacy, information/referrals, etc. For former shelter residents, this project provides follow-up services. The Walk-In Project also facilitates an six to eight-week domestic violence class to assists survivors of abuse in fulfilling their court and/or DCFS mandated domestic violence counseling requirements. Individuals who are interested in receiving walk-in services may contact the organization at (312) 964-5056.

Outreach Legal Advocacy Project

The Outreach Legal Advocacy Project serves to assist survivors of domestic violence who self-identify at court and wish to file a Civil or Criminal Order of Protection but are in need of assistance and support with the process. Clients receive court accompaniment, information about their legal rights and recourses per the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, VCVA services, assistance in completing court documentation, and assistance in filing petitions for Orders of Protection to help them become safer.

Domestic Violence Awareness and Education

Each year, Neopolitan Lighthouse participates in various events and speaking engagements throughout the Chicagoland area in order to provide domestic violence education and awareness to the public. Presentations may be conducted at resource fairs, schools, federal offices, social service organizations, and other public and private locations. The main purpose of this community outreach is to educate the public about domestic violence and its impact on the community, the services that Neopolitan Lighthouse provides, additional resources for survivors, and ways to get involved. To inquire about Neopolitan Lighthouse’s domestic violence awareness and education services, please contact us at (312) 964-5056.

North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic

3500 Western Avenue
Suite 2A
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 737-4042

Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault

Evanston Office:
Evanston Civic Center
2100 Ridge Avenue, G-102
Evanston, IL 60201

Arlington Heights Office:
415 W. Golf Road, suite #47,
Arlington Heights IL 60005
Phone: Evanston office: (847) 448-8197 Arlington Heights office: (847) 806-6526

Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault (Northwest CASA) is the only full service agency that provides free services to sexual assault survivors and their loved ones within the North and Northwest suburbs of Cook County.

Crisis intervention and counseling, legal and medical advocacy, education and prevention outreach programs.

Party Per Purpose

3932 S. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60632
Phone: (872) 267-1388

Pathways - Swedish Hospital

Phone: (773) 878-8200 x2242

Pillars Community Health

5220 East Avenue
Countryside, IL 60525
Phone: (708) PILLARS


180 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 600
Chicago IL 60601
Hotline: 1-888-293-2080
Phone: (312) 443-9603

Resilience services:
Crisis Intervention;
Medical & Legal Advocacy;
Therapy: individual, couples, family;
Art therapy;
Movement therapy;
Support groups;
Prevention education and training

Rockford Family Peace Center

315 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL
Phone: (779) 348-7600

Sarah's Inn

1547 Circle Ave
Forest Park IL 60130
Hotline: 708-386-4225
Phone: 708-386-3305

We have offsites that clients have access to in Melrose Park, Cicero and Chicago, as well as have legal advocates located at the Chicago Domestic Violence Courthouse and the Maybrook Courthouse in Maywood. We also provide partner abuse intervention services, which are offsite, though are being done virtually currently.

Available resources that new clients can access – clients can access all of our services – 24-hour crisis line; individual and group counseling; advocacy; legal advocacy; partner abuse intervention services


P.O. Box 46375
Chicago IL 60646-0375
Phone: (773) 583-(HOPE) 4673

Since 1986 SHALVA has been the expert in Jewish relationships and abuse for the Chicago community and serves the entire metropolitan area. Our counseling and supportive services are free and tailored to each client’s unique circumstances. Services include a 24-hour helpline; domestic violence information; safety planning; individual and group counseling (virtual and in-person); financial assistance; legal support; case management and referrals. If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, SHALVA can help. Call 773-583-HOPE(4673) or reach out at

Survivors Know

The Voices and Faces Project

303 E. Wacker Drive
Suite 2108
Chicago, IL 60601

Un Nuevo Despertar

2300 S. Millard Ave.
Chicago IL 60623
Phone: (773) 801-7111

Counseling for survivors and their families
Training towards Economic self-sufficiency
DV support groups

We also offer referrals to:
Emergency shelters
Medical, social & legal support
Help obtaining restraining orders
Divorce, immigration status, child support, etc.

WINGS Program, Inc.

P.O. Box 95615
Palatine IL 60095

P.O. Box 29309
Chicago IL 60629
Phone: 847-519-7820
Fax: 847-519-7821
Hotline: 847-221-5680

Women for Economic Justice

YWCA Evanston/North Shore

1215 Church Street
Evanston IL 60201
Hotline: (877) 718-1868
Phone: (847) 864-8445

YWCA offers a full range of support services to residents of our shelter and longer-term housing as well as to those in the community who have experienced or are living with abuse. These services include:

24 Hour Crisis Line:
Our hotline provides emotional support and information and referrals 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Legal Advocacy: Housed at the District Two Courthouse in Skokie, our legal advocates assist survivors with obtaining orders of protection and safety planning, as well as with accessing other legal remedies as part of a larger safety plan. This is provided in English and in Spanish.

Counseling: Counseling in English and Spanish helps survivors and their children to address the impact trauma has had on their families, as well as to secure long-term therapeutic interventions.

Affordable Housing Support:
Lack of affordable housing is a big obstacle for survivors. We offer referrals to affordable housing programs, and assistance with applications and the coordinated entry process.

Financial Education:
Financial education and coaching enables survivors to secure greater stability by learning about budgeting, credit and debt issues, and developing the skills and resources needed to work towards independent financial futures. This is provided in English and in Spanish.

Workforce Training and Employment Assistance: We help clients secure stable employment, providing support with job readiness skills and securing job training and placement, developing resumes, completing applications and preparing for interviews.

Partner Abuse Intervention Services: Alternatives to Violence is a 26-week program providing men with the opportunity and skills to change the behavior, beliefs, and attitudes that support their use of violence against intimate partners. We accept self and court-referrals and are approved by the Illinois Department of Human Services for the provision of court mandated services.

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